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Japanese airline to change logo over Russian war symbol similarity

Tokyo, Jun 16 (EFE).- Japanese low-cost airline Zipair Tokyo will change its logo, based on the letter “Z,” a pro-war symbol often seen on the sides of Russian military vehicles and tanks used in the Ukraine conflict, to avoid confusion, public broadcaster NHK reported Thursday.

Zipair’s president, Shingo Nishida, made the announcement during a press conference at the Narita airport, near Tokyo, on Wednesday.

“I think some people might feel that way when they see it without any explanation,” Shingo Nishida said.

The new logo of Zipair, which is a subsidiary of Japan Airlines (JAL), will be a geometric pattern in green, black and white, according to the company, which flies on five routes.

It operates three flights between Narita airport and other Asian cities and another two to the United States.

In recent months, the letter “Z” has become a symbol for support of Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine, which began on Feb. 24, and has appeared on the clothes of several politicians or painted on the street or vehicles.

The letter is currently used to distinguish Russian troops and military equipment in Ukraine.

The new Zipair logo will come into use starting Saturday and will replace the letter that appeared on the vertical tail of the carrier’s planes. EFE


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